The Ira and Mary Zepp Center for Nonviolence and Peace Education
Dr. Charles Collyer and Dr. Pamela Zappardino, Co-Directors
Bernard LaFayette, Jr.,
Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Historical & Educational Civil Rights Tour
Thursday, January 4 – Sunday, January 7, 2018
Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Jackson & Philadelphia, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee
Buses are a comin’, oh yeah! And we’re gonna be on them…
It's that time of year again...Time to start thinking about what you're going to do for excitement after the holidays. Don't want to suffer from those January blues? We can fix you right up.
Join us on the Zepp Center's annual Civil Rights Tour, this year starting in Atlanta and then heading for Birmingham, Alabama, Jackson and Philadelphia, Mississippi, and Memphis, Tennessee.
We will meet at the Atlanta Airport (Southwest and some other airlines fly there pretty cheaply!) early on Tuesday morning, January 4, and will be back there to catch our flights home on Sunday, January 7. Return flights should be booked for 5 pm or later. In between...well... more will happen in four days than you can imagine.
You will ride through the Deep South on a bus...like the Freedom Riders did in 1961. You'll even travel some of that same route. As we head west from Atlanta, you’ll walk in the paths of the Birmingham Movement, learning its goal and strategies, its successes, the tragedy of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, and how the efforts here led to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
As we head west from Atlanta, you’ll walk in the paths of the Birmingham Movement, learning its goal and strategies, its successes, the tragedy of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, and how the efforts here led to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Moving on to the southwest, we’ll make our way into Mississippi, focusing on the work and assassination of Medgar Evers and the movement in Jackson, and the workings of Freedom Summer in Philadelphia (yes, the one in MS!).
We’ll travel north to Memphis where we will visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the site of Dr. King’s assassination. It is a powerful experience, and uplifting, as well.
Back in Atlanta we'll spend time at the King Center Complex and Ebenezer Baptist Church, see where Dr. King was born and grew up, and have the opportunity to walk the streets of Sweet Auburn.
You will talk to people who were there. The Civil Rights movement will come alive for you in a personal way and nonviolence will become much more than a word. You will see fascinating things and learn an amazing amount of stuff.
But it is the people that you will remember most. We don't know yet who we will meet on our journey...but they will give you insights into the past, and inspire you in the present.
You will get to know Bernard Lafayette (worth the trip in and of itself!) and hear his first-hand accounts of the Movement. Bernard will have you laughing - and singing as well.
You'll find new friends on the bus...and new conversations that will continue long after you return home. This will be our 21st tour...and we are still as excited as we were about our first. Each one is unique...and we wouldn't miss it.
Join us! And feel free to pass this invitation along to family, friends, colleagues, students - anyone who might be interested. Let us know you are coming as well. If you have a problem meeting the deadline dates for payment, let us know. If the cost is a problem, don't let that stop you. Let us know and we will help you brainstorm possibilities. The Zepp Center also has some scholarship money that we can make available to help you with expenses. We will work with you to make things happen.
So.... write back and tell us you'll be "on the bus" in January.
TOUR COST: $534.00 per person.
Deposit of $134.00 (nonrefundable) due Oct. 30, 2017; balance due Dec. 2, 2017.
Make check or money order payable to DDK Tour and mail to:
3996 Brookside Parkway
Decatur, GA 30034
** Include your name, address, phone number and email.
- Transportation from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA. (Pick up 10:00 a.m. January 4, 2018 and return January 7, 2018 4:00 p.m. Book return flights for 5 pm or later.):
- 3 nights hotel (double occupancy) and breakfast,
- tour manual,
- luxury bus ground transportation,
- museum fees,
- speaker honorariums, and
- expert Kingian Nonviolence analysis.
For additional information contact Dr. Charles Collyer, 401-258-9834 , Dr. Pamela Zappardino (email@example.com) or Charles Alphin, Sr., 770-981-8718